HIP-volunteers-Aug-2014Frustrated at the quality of local press coverage, in January 2014 a group of local residents took matters into their own hands and created a community-run newspaper.

The Hastings Independent is a free newspaper, run by a group of local residents who know that Hastings is a unique place, with a character that deserves recognition. Our aim is to give a voice to the residents of Hastings, to support a strong sense of community and to provide an impartial platform for debate, employment, education and community-led regeneration.

We feel it’s important that a local paper should be community controlled, and written by people that live in and love Hastings. We also believe a local paper should serve its readers rather than its shareholders, and that’s why Hastings Independent Press is set up as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, with all profits being invested back in to the company to help it achieve its social aims.

Like the sound of that? Here’s how to get involved.

Or, if you want to support us but you don’t have time to spare, you can become a friend of HIP or make a one-off donation.